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  1. Heinkel He 111H-24 AEW "Blue A", the first of the H-24 series, Erprobungskommando Bremen, Luftwaffe, Germany (fictitious). Once the go-ahead was given for project Obertasse with the FuG 244 Berlin N-4 (later Bremen) rotating dish radar, it was proposed to use surplus He 111H aircraft as proof-of-concept machines due to the then unavailability of Ar 234s (the type chosen for the project) due to their need as bombers and reconnaissance aircraft. Three He 111s were converted to the new H-24 sub-type with all weapons removed, the Bremen radar in a rotating dish on a pylon on top of the fuselage, and several other detection and communications systems installed, the most noticeable being the thimble nose attached to the forward turret. All windows were covered and the top radio mast moved back. The aircraft were flown by Erprobungskommando (operational test detachment) Bremen. At first they flew only at night under He 219 fighter cover and although several problems were encountered, these were solved in over a month and the concept proved a success. Seven more conversions were made before the concept was finally applied to Ar 234s and other aircraft. Only one was shot down and two were destroyed on the ground. The survivors were later used for tests. (This history is, of course, fictitious. Project Obertasse was real though, but it was never built). Once I learnt of the Obertasse project in the third book of the "Luftwaffe Secret Projects" I always had the idea of making an Ar 234 in this configuration but without a readily available 1:144 kit I haven't yet been able to. The idea for this He 111 "what-if?" came when I fouled up the clear parts for a previous Minicraft 1/144th kit. I could restore clarity to the two main parts but not to the nose turret. It hit me that the He 111, having been designed also as a transport plane, would also be an ideal AEW platform, and like this recover what could have been a lost kit. Thus, I made up a non-exitant final sub-type. The kit was fully painted and varnished with brush. Decals came from spares. Thanks for looking and, as always, all comments are welcome. Miguel
  2. Hello everyone Here is my Platz 1:144 Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-12/R14 (early) I built in 2013. Inspired by one of the unbuilt variants of the Fw 190D family illustrated in the Valiant Wings book, I made this rather simple conversion from a D-9 to a torpedo-carrying D-12. The forward cowl had the gun bulges and troughs removed and smoothened out, the wing bulges removed, the supercharger intake enlarged, a cannon hole made in the propeller tip and the blades sanded to a more rounded shape. The torpedo came from a Minicraft He 111 and I added the pylon clamps to hold it and the torpedo's tail wing. The tail of the D-12 was supposed to be of the Ta 152 type but that was beyond my skills so that is why it's a D-12 (early)!! The kit represents "Blue E", KG200, Luftwaffe, in 1945 (fictitious of course) with a scheme of my own making. The kit was painted and varnished with brush. The decals came from various sources. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome as always Miguel
  3. Here is my Revell 1:72 Focke-Wulf Fw 226 "Flitzer" which I built back in 2005 in, naturally, fictitious markings. This kit was from the first release (it has been re-released with new decals). It was painted with airbrush. Thanks for looking Miguel
  4. Hello everyone Here is my Eduard 1:144 Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a painted in the standard Luftwaffe MTO scheme which I built in 2009. It represents "Yellow 14", 3./JG27, Luftwaffe, flown by Hans-Joachim Marseille, Libya, 1944 (fictitious of course). The Me 262 is one of my favourite aircraft and I always thought it would have looked great in a desert scheme and with the release of Eduard's lovely kit I decided to finally paint one this way. This "what-if" kit is based on two "what ifs": what if Hans-Joachim Marseille survived his fatal accident and was hospitalised for a while until he recovered and what if Germany didn't lose in North Africa and was eventually able to deploy Me 262s there. In this scenario, Marseille returned to front-line service at about the same time the Me 262s were delivered to JG27 and so his aircraft wore the same number of kill markings before his accident - 158. The kit was painted with brush. Since this was the bagged E-Day kit with only Czech markings, most decals came from my spares box. Marseille's markings were leftovers from Sweet's Bf 109F kit. Thanks for looking Miguel
  5. Photo taken originally from Facebook, this link was provided by @Homebee. If I ever come across with this kit, I´ll make sure to buy one. Or two. The image shows masks for the canopy and wheels, photoetch parts (Eduard maybe?), and a decal sheet with options for eight aircraft (you can´t leave aside Erich Hartmann, the ace of aces).
  6. Here is my Anigrand Craftswork 1:144 Horten Ho XVIII B-1 bomber in fictitious Luftwaffe markings since this was one of those many paper projects that never got built. I filled it with weight but in the end it wasn't enough so I had to make a support from clear sprue to keep it from tipping rearwards. The u/c doors were thinned and the guns were replaced by new ones made from metal wire. The kit was fully painted with brush except for the flat varnish which was airbrushed. Thanks for looking Miguel
  7. Here is my Huma-Modell 1:72 Focke-Wulf Ta 283 fighter in a fictitious Luftwaffe JG1 scheme which I built back in 2005. The Ta 283 was a proposed ramjet fighter. It had a rocket for take-off and to reach sufficient speed to start the ramjets. I added various details to the cockpit and properly boxed in the wheel wells. The main scheme was mostly done by airbrush and most of the decals came from various other sheets. Thank you for looking and, as always, all comments are welcome. Miguel
  8. After my Sycamore build this is going to be my next project: The kit consists of two grey runners: The surface engraving and detailing is very nice but typical of short run technology the gates are quite heavy, there are no location features, no numbering of parts on the runners (although that is covered by the instructions) and there is a bit of flash here and there. There are two clear parts and a crisply printed decal sheet: The instructions look clear enough: Note the two tail options. Here are the scheme options, I think the one in overall RLM 02 might have existed as the prototype, the rest are what ifs: I think I am most taken with the one second from the top which features a cream coloured underside in RLM 99 which I've never come across before. Its also the one in the box art. The first thing I did was whip out the scissors and sticky tape and convert the annoying end opening box into a more user friendly one with a nice lid: Bye for now, Nigel
  9. Hello Everyone Hope the modelling gods are smiling and that builds are going well Have finally got round to some pictures of the completed 'pod racing bomber' which I hope the group will enjoy, and 'Yes' it is quite large!. Special thanks to Special Hobby for the replacement canopies - in fact two full sets of vac formed prices arrived, giving plenty of opportunity for failure and repair; great service and support from SH on that score. The model is finished with Tamiya rattle cans, Vallejo Model Air and old Humbrol acrylic paints with a covering of Klear to finish it all off. Overall the resin went together pretty well - unfortunate cackhandedness in the build notwithstanding - but I could certainly have done better with the topside canopies despite SH's generosity. Still live and learn and improve next time. For those who were interested in other Luft 46 builds, some shots of the 3 BV models I now have; Thats the trio of P170 (Planet), Ae607 (Unicraft) and P178 (Bronco) completed as a torpedo bomber under Romanian colours Enjoy - many thanks for all the support, critiques and comments welcome 'Til the next time Regards Andrew
  10. Hello Everyone Following my small contribution to the recent and excellently run Flying Boats and Float Planes Group Build and the support offered to my build (Supermarine Seagull ASR), I am tempted to contribute a WIP to the community. I see from several recent WIPs and Pabbi's recently posted work that Luft '46 models have supporters here, so if acceptable I would like to offer a Luft '46 build of my own. Recognising a limited set of build / modelling skills and knowing that I build OOB with very little scratch building and an almost complete disregard for the 100% accuracy requirements of shape, camouflage scheme colours etc. - i.e. building 'my way' - perhaps the BM community might like to help the decision making process. The 2 possibilities are both Planet 1/72nd resin models; 1) a Blohm & Voss Ground attack concept or 2) a Messerschmidt 'destroyer' fighter concept which will not have the 'wiggly' paint job!! So which would the community like to see me attempt? I see from looking round the shelves that this will be the 20th Luft '46 model in the collection - and a bizarre lot they look too!! Thanks for your interest and support Regards Andrew
  11. Last minute change of plan... Unfortunately the Unicraft kit I was going to build has Decals missing to add to the other "built in" challenges ! Therefore given the need for speed and wanting to keep the Luft 46 theme going I have gone for this; If anyone can give me a clue as to what the mottled camouflage is supposed to look like and appropriate Humbrol colours I would be eternally grateful ! Given 4 kids in the house and a list of jobs to do this weekend from SWMBO, it will be a dipping in and out when I get a moments peace technique for the Blitzbuild. Good luck everyone ! cheers Pat
  12. I would like to receive some suggestions to paint a camouflage for this aircraft. Having a complete lack of imagination, I thought on the following options: 1) A night bomber, painted with solid lower and upper colours, with yellow rudders (maybe RLM 22 and 74, no mottling). 2) A bomber with the normal Luftwaffe splinter camouflage. But I don´t know how to invent a splintern pattern and be happy with it. 3) A bomber with a late Luftwaffe camouflage, painted in RLM 65 and RLM 70 or 82. 4) A completely painted bomber in RLM 65, covered with lots of RLM 75 and 74 mottles on the upper surface (basically the aircraft on the painting instructions).
  13. I've always had a fascination for experimental aircraft or those than never left the drawing board. If there were more 1/48 kits of experimental aircraft of other nations, I would happily build those. As the Me 509 and Ta 183 would share many paints, I thought I might as well try doing a double bill. My Me 509 Thread: As with my Trumpeter Me 509 build, this thread is mainly because I couldn't find a Britmodeller post on this kit that runs to the end of the build. As I'm only an average modeller, it isn't intended to be the definitive build review, it's just intended to help you avoid the pitfalls I fell into. I hope it helps someone. This is an odd kit. Not just because of the subject matter, but because there are things that have been done very well and things that have been skimped on. It reminds me of the Hobby Boss 'Easy assemble' kits. It would have been nice to have the flight surfaces as separate parts, but many kits don't so I won't knock it for that. After spending four months on my previous build I had decided that I would go for an easier build this time, so I didn't mess around with the control surfaces this time. The wing-tip navigation lights are moulded into the wing – no clear parts are provided. Although these are relatively easily made for a reasonably competent modeller, it's a little annoying that you have to go through the hassle. I'm not sure how much this kit cost when it was released, but I should imagine that it wasn't very cheap – but this is something I would expect from either a kit from the bargain bucket or from the days of old. I drilled and painted the 'light' and left the clear plastic chunk to dry for about a week. (This is the green light, so I don't know why I can see red in the photo?) For me, the biggest problem: no air intake! It's a jet! Air sucked in and air squirted out the back - but rather than a hole in the front, there is a merely shallow cave! I had a look at quite a few builds of this kit online, and each time I saw a 'head-on' shot it completely destroyed the illusion. So that was one thing I was determined to rectify – but it was far from easy. Drilling the hole wasn't the problem of course, it was the 'tunnel' behind it that turned out to be a bit of a mare. I went for a 6mm hole and found that the barrel of a biro was perfect for the internal diameter, but there isn't a lot of space between the top of the nose-wheel well and the underside of the cockpit, so if you can, I would recommend using a tube that has a smaller external dimension than a biro. It was a ludicrously tight fit and I ended up sanding the base of the cockpit and the top of the wheel well to gain about 0.5mm, I sanded both sideds of the biro as well, and still had to lower the wheel well about 1.5mm. Basically, it took me a ludicrous amount of time to open the front up, so if you decide to do the same, it isn't going to be easy. But now I've managed it, I'm pathetically pleased with the end result. 6mm hole drilled (easier to centre it from the back) and gun holes opened up. It took quite a bit of effort to cut and sand back the opening of the intake to a nice intaky sort of shape. This is the air intake tube. Yes I know the engine would have been mounted much further back in the fuselage, but I just wanted to get the effect of seeing the engine face down a tunnel. The collar around the top is just to make it easier to attach to the curved, inner surface of the nose. I also hollowed out the end of the biro to extend the shape of the intake from the nose part. Biro tube attached to the nose and chunk hacked out to allow for the cockpit floor. Engine face made from a bit from the spares box that had a round face of the correct size. The spinner is the end of a wooden paint brush handle and the fan blades are just drawn on with a fine marker pen. Looks very crude here, but quite good in reality (it does in my head anyway). Over-kill admittedly, but I don't want the engine 'face' falling off, so this is a little insurance. The wire was just to hold it in place while it dried - I had to remove it as it wouldn't have fitted otherwise. Notice that I have inserted a small piece of brass tube in the gun holes. Taaaaddaaaaah! As you are only seeing it in cheap and nasty 2D rather than glorious, technicolor 3D vision, so the engine face looks much closer to the front in the photo. Thanks for looking – comments welcome. Gorby
  14. I've always had a fascination for experimental aircraft or those than never left the drawing board. If there were more 1/48 kits of experimental aircraft of other nations, I would happily build those. As the Me 509 and Ta 183 would share many paints, I thought I might as well try doing a double bill. My Ta 183 thread: As with my AM Tech Ta 183 build, this thread is mainly because I couldn't find a Britmodeller post on this kit that runs to the end of the build. I haven't gone overboard with detailing, but I've tried to add a little extra realism. As I'm only an average modeller, it isn't intended to be the definitive build review, it's just intended to help you avoid the pitfalls I fell into. I hope it helps someone. The Trumpeter 'clear' parts were some of least clear parts I have ever seen. They were so cloudy I was concerned that just a dip in the floor polish wouldn't be up to the job, so I polished the canopy with toilet paper and white toothpaste before they became anywhere near acceptable. The photo etch on the other hand is excellent, very thin and easy to shape, even the seatbelt was easy to drape in a natural position. One build review I read elsewhere online said that the rudder peddles are unusable because you can't bend the circular heal bit. Simple solution, just cut each side leaving it just attached in the centre. I replaced the gun barrels with Albion Alloys 1mm tube. As you can see from the photo, the kit parts are only expected to embed into the leading edge by about 1mm, which is a bit silly. So I glued a short length of sprue inside the wing and when the top of the wing was fitted, drilled the openings into the sprue to give the barrels more support. If you do this, make sure the size of the sprue (or whatever you use) doesn’t interfere with the fit of the wing or the wheel well. Two of the barrels have an additional cuff at the business end, which I replicated with 1mm wide masking tape. If you intend to open the shell chutes under the wing, probably better to do it now. I forgot until the wing was zipped up and it's never as easy. The panel lines are quite lightly engraved, but the control surfaces are just as light, so I scribed them deeper as I though it looked, well, better – personal preference really. Normally I'd cut them off, reposition them blah, blah, blah, but this time I didn't want the hassle as this is supposed to be a quickish build. It's always the case that a plastic kit can't replicate the scale thickness of panels etc. of the real aircraft, but for some reason the undercarriage doors looked particularly thick. I should have replace them all, but I really couldn't be bothered, so I just did the easiest ones. And added some detailing to the insides. I'm not sure if the wheel cover would only have been attached at the top of the leg? Of course, as this aircraft never really existed, you can do pretty much what you want to and lift two fingers in the general direction of the the rivet counters, which is always a pleasure, so I decided that it was attached at the bottom as well. In which case it needed to be articulated to give the impression of it allowing some movement. I simply used a razor saw to cut part way through then carefully bend in place. Finally, a little stretched sprue was glued into the cuts. Even though this shortens the cover, it still fits the tabs at the top and bottom of the undercarriage leg, which I thought was a little odd. This just seemed to be butt jointed, so I strengthened it with a couple of wire 'hinges'. While I'm talking about the undercarriage, always think it adds a teeny little extra realism when the nose wheel is off centre…. I thought the retractable belly radiator looked a bit boring, so I had a bit of a play – it didn't really exist, so you can't say it's wrong. I prefer it anyway. The original: Nearly done: Done: Thanks for looking – comments welcome. Gorby
  15. After a rather drawn out build I finally finished this this morning. I added a metal pitot tube, DF loop, PE seatbelts and used 0.2mm nickel silver rod for the radar aerial verticals: I also added a false engine front from the spares box to hide the lead sheet I had to pack in there to prevent tail sitting: I also added a bit of detailing to the engine to busy things up a bit: I was nice little kit, I hope you like what I did with it. The build thread can be found here.
  16. A quick and rewarding built is this model of the Fw TL (Turbo-Luftstrahl)-fighter project. I think this is one of those Revell kits which were developed and produced by a Korean contractor (does anyone know details about that?). It has a combination of recessed and raise panel lines. Some of them are a bit fine, so I'd recommend to rescribe them before painting so you can get clearly defined pin wash results (if you so wish). I didn't do that so the wash doesn't show off all the detail that well. Paints are vallejo model air and some Revell and Humbrol enamels for details. The canopy is not that great, so maybe a pilot would have been nice too. It is a rather small plane. Sopwith Triplane for scale.
  17. Hi modellers, such a long time without posting on the forum; but I'm still here ! In september I had the chance to pick up a quite hard to find kit out there (Italy), a Lippish from Mauve in 1/48. So let's crack up this tiny fighter! The box is small and represent a Lippish upside-down up in the earth atmosphere. Actually I don't know if it was originally a Mauve kit or a re-boxing of Revell. The Do 335 on the picture will be use as parts donor to upgrade the cockpit area of the small triangle fighter. Inside the box : plenty of sprues and parts !!! ... up to 20 styren parts and a small PE set with pilot harness. Instructions are simply written but clear. The kit cockpit is really poor so the first concern was to upgrade this area... I've used parts of my Tamiya Do335 as I have a complete resin cockpit... I can cannibalize this parts without problems. Left, the original rear bulkhead; right the re-cut Do335 bulkhead. First trial. The space is little but it stays in. The canopy closes flush with the top of the jettisonable seat. I've decided also to add the inner frame of the pylon area. Easy to do with some evergreen rods. After that I did few scratch building : the gas control lever and the oxygen system. It was time to think about a serious and decent instrument panel...once again the Do335 has been the part donor. The panel has been reduced in size ( too wide for the pylon) and fitted to simple evergreen tubular frame. here's an overall view of the cockpit. In the meantime, I started assembling the Kettenkrad that will tow the trailer... 4 cm long A bit of surgery to the cockpit floor was necessary for the Do335 seat to stay in. Simply cutting the floor underneath the seat and closing it inside the body... invisible when the seat is in place. Another problem to address was the see-through structure... So I decided to craft an engine... Using two discarded belly tanks and a Mistel hollow charge cone, I've created my own ramjet coal engine....nothing historical here, but great fun! Note the additional inner frames to create the engine bay. The rear grills are kit PE parts. The engine has been painted using K-colors paints. Time for the cockpit to be painted : RLM66 from Italeri followed by washes and details done with Lifecolor and Tamiya paints. After adding the last details : oxygen tube, pilot harness, decals on the seat ( from an old never finished Su-32), a dry brushing has been done to enhance details. Instrument panels has been done with airscale dials decals. With the canopy on. finally, the pylon is closed and glued in place... but now filler time and sand paper... Comments are welcomed as usual ! Happy modelling to everybody ! Erik
  18. As I'm waiting for some PE to arrive for my Hokum build I have started on another project, this: I like RS kits as they pick some unusual subjects. This aircraft got as far as prototype wings and fuselage being built but never assembled before it was captured by the Russians. This is the version with a Jumo 004 engine, there is another version of the kit with the BMW 003 engine. There are two grey sprues moulded using short run technology so a bit of flash, slightly soft detailing here and there and no locators. The incised panel lines are nice and crisp though: The clear parts are nice and clear and there is a decent decal sheet with four markings options: I have also ordered this PE set from Hannants so that should arrive in a day or two. I found that the smaller BMW engine parts were included: I mocked up both versions to see what looked best: In the end what clinched it in favour of the Jumo engine was the better looking intake on that engine. I knew I had some spare nozzles so I looked those out but the bullets are too long so will be sticking with the kit parts: The pilot was supposed to lie prostrate with pedals behind him. There was the prominent ejector mark under the pilots couch which will have to go: The instructions give a rather optimistic portrayal of the actual moulded detail. I wondered what this hand symbol means - turns out its "scratch build": With the floor done I found another mark on the lower right wing: I have also assembled the bomb. Bye for now, Nigel
  19. I finished this today. Its the RS Models kit finished mainly with Mr Color paints and I used the NH Details PE set. I scratch built the DF loop, the underwing mast, pitot tube and the undercarriage retractor struts. Quite a few of the decals were from my spares box: The WIP thread can be found here.
  20. Having completed my current builds I have selected this as my next project, acquired at Telford three years ago : Ced B built one of these earlier in the year and that partially inspired my choice. There are three grey and one clear sprues: And a nice looking set of decals of course: I think I will go with this scheme of the two offered - its the one depicted on the box art and has an attractive white tail: Starting in the cockpit - I detest moulded in belts, these will have to go to be replaced by PE ones: Much sanding and filing later they were gone, finished off with a dab of liquid poly to help smooth things out: A mockup of the cockpit shows that the back of the instruments will be highly visible so that needs some detailing: There was a sink mark on the back which while not very visible was worth plating over with a scrap of card: Here is that finished ready for some paint: I will add coloured wires to the instruments after paint. The pilot's seat looked very squat so I have packed it out and added 1mm square seat rails: That's as far as I've got today. Bye for now, Nigel
  21. I missed the sunshine this morning so I took these indoors of my latest completion. The WIP can be found here. I replaced the moulded in seat belts with PE ones, modified the instrument coaming and gun sight, replaced most of the gun barrels with brass tube, added brake lines and scratch built the DF loop, Marston mast and pitot tube. The paint is mainly Mr Color lacquers. I hope you like it: This is my next project. Bye for now, Nigel
  22. With the osprey on hold for a couple of weeks, on Fri i got stared on my first build of the year. Been wanting to do this for a while. This is the oldr boxing, released in 1998. This kit is what got me signing up to the forum a couple of months back. I was doing some advanced research and came across Nigel heath's build. There was some great ideas in that build and I will be pinching a few. First thing I will say is that after seeing Nigels build I checked my kit over and it doesn't have the blemish's on the tails and underneath that Nigel's did. His was the 2012 release, so I can only assume the moulds have not weathered well over the years. Before i actually make a start on construction, i need to make a few changes and improve some detail with some scratch building. There are no AM sets for this, so the spares box is my new friend. First, the bomb bay. This is moulded to hold the 2 large and 3 smaller bombs that come with the kit. But i need it to hold a single 4,000KG Uranium bomb. I found a couple of sway braces in the spares box. And after removing the moulded in braces, i added the missing detail with some stryene strip and the new braces. Then onto the cockpit. The seats clearly needed some work. So i removed the belts and filled the hole. I also sanded down the seat backs, i don't like that quilted look. I will fill the rest later with some perfect plastic Putty which i need to order. I had not heard of this putty until I saw Nigel use it on the control surfaces. I decided to order some for those and figures it would do the seat backs as well. Also added some PE foot peddles and acuator rods with some styrene rod. Another area that needd attention was crew access, i need an open hatch for the dio The most sutable area was a panel between the front wheel well and bomb bay. Afraid i got carried away and cut it out without taking a pic, but the hatch goes here. I would usually replace the hatch with sheet stryene. But the one i cut out has a gentle curve and some nice engraved detail that will pass for the locking mechanism. After thinning, i added some detail on the inside. That hatch is right under the rear gunners seat, the seat fit onto these rails. After xconsidering several soloutions, i setteled on putting the seat on rails so it can be slide towards the back and off to one side. This leave its clear of the floor/hatch and also allows personal to access the erar of the aircraft. And on the underside of the hatch a ladder to ease access. And finally the landing gear. The front gear is supposed to be fitted when the pit goes in. But taking an idea from a build on another site, i rigged the front leg so it can be fitted later. I still need to fill the gaps on each side at the front. I also removed the solid triangular plastic at either side of the legs and replaced them with some plastic rod. And the same with the main legs. And that it for now. Just got a couple of small things to do and then its off for some primer and paint. Thanks for looking, and of course, all comments welcome. And sorry for some of the pics being so blurry, never my strong poit. I'll try and improve on that.
  23. Sorry for the late arrival to this GB. All the normal excuses, work, kids etc.... The background to this aircraft is that in 1941, following early experimental jet aircraft from Heinkel, which showed the limitations of the propeller powered aircraft that were at that time being built by Messerschmitt. Dr Willy decided he too would build aircraft with jet propulsion. His first attempt was the Me163, this had some plus points, "bleeding Nora that's fast!" And some less positive point BOOM ! during refuelling if you get it even slightly wrong putting both liquids in. What you want it to have wheels to land on ? No let's try landing on a teatray with gallons of explosive liquids and a red hot jet engine behind you instead ! Now unbelievably some pilots thought this design could be improved upon, difficult to believe but true. The Messerschmitt design team while watching a repeat of "Scrapheap Challenge" on Dave TV decided to recycle a pair of tandem jet engines from an Arado 234, the swept wings from a crashed me163, and undercarriage from a P38 Lightning. The result being the Schwalbe. This design wasn't felt to be quite challenging enough, after all it was a lot faster than the me163, that already flew too fast to hit anything with either machine guns or cannons, so how can you enhance the degree of difficulty ? As you can imagine this taxed the design team for sometime before they came upon the decision to incorporate an untried and untested air to air missile system. RESULT ! This came with the added bonus of making the aircraft considerable more unstable on takeoff and the possibility of shooting yourself down with your own missiles. The end result was hugely successful for the Allied cause, as only the best pilots were selected to fly the aircraft and as the fatality rate was so high, this design hastened the demise of the Luftwaffe and played an important part in ending World War 2. A long time ago, a certain gentleman aka TrickyRich offered to be my mentor on a Resin kit should I finally grow a pair and build one. Well said pair have appeared so here I am. The kit is 1/72, but really small, probably around Me 163 size I would guess, but this one is armed with missiles ! Photos below I have never built a Unicraft kit before so any tips, on this and resin in general gratefully appreciated. Good luck to everyone on this GB. Cheers Pat
  24. While still waiting for the decals to arrive for my Osprey build this is going to be my next project. I bought the kit from Wonderland at Telford two years ago and have been itching to make a start on it for ages. I see there has been an excellent BM review of the kit here and a couple of stalled builds here and here. Hopefully I will be able to finish mine. The review contains better pictures than I can take but this is what I have, the attractive box art (for those who would like to see New York destroyed - not I): Three grey sprues: Plus a very nice decal sheet and clear parts: For such a large kit the parts count is low and I can see this being an almost out of the box build. Bye for now, Nigel
  25. Just a link for those interested in this remarkable aircraft. The surviving example with the Smithsonian, is currently undergoing survey/ conservation work, prior to a move to the restoration facility at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. http://blog.nasm.si.edu/uncategorized/horten-h-ix-v3-bat-wing-ship-november-2013-update/
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